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Master's programmes

Graduate School of Social Sciences

The Graduate School of Social Sciences forms part of the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences. We offer a broad range of Master’s programmes in the social sciences, especially anthropology, human geography, planning and international development studies, political science and sociology.

Practicing both its teaching and researching activities with a traditionally European focus and cosmopolitan outlook, the Graduate School provides cutting edge graduate education that is strongly grounded in innovative, flourishing research. 

The Graduate School offers several types of Master’s programmes with high scores in international university rankings:

Master's programmes

We offer  one-year Master's programmes in Dutch as well as in English. These in-depth programmes are disciplinary with options for thematic specialisation or interdisciplinary. All programmes are research oriented, having academic staff with strong ties to the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research of the University of Amsterdam

Research Master's programmes 

Our Research Master's programmes are two-year programmes specifically designed for excellent students aiming for a career in research. Compared to our one-year Master's programmes, they offer a more in-depth study, including additional research methodology, skills training, as well as hands-on experience in the top research groups of the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research. The programmes prepare students for writing a PhD thesis and an academic career, as well as for a research oriented career outside academia.

Other programmes

Next to our Master's programmes, we also offer

  • tailor-made PhD education in cooperation with research institute AISSR;
  • summer/winter schools with a strong academic orientation.